There's a ton of news regarding the Korean elections. Others have done a much better job detailing the intrigues of the election, but here's a simple summary: A year ago Roh ("Noh") gets elected prez; he's librul, uneducated, popular, and wants rapprochement with NK and distance from the US. This gets him impeached about a year later, this last March, by the conservative opposition. Most of the charges, while likely valid, are minor to the point of hilarity. The Consitutional Court still has a few months before it has to render its verdict on the charges; but many commentators see yesterday's election as a referendum on Roh and impeachment. In general, both sides have behaved themselves during campaigning and there has been little civil unrest since the days surrounding the impeachment itself.
So here's the news. The "Uri" (it means "our") or Our Open party looks like it has a majority in Parliament. This is good news for Roh. Not bad for a buncha youngsters who just formed less than a year ago. Voter turn out was reasonable. The GNP, naturally, is disappointed that its little power bid via impeachment backfired. Other groups made some gains as well.